Hope Probe successfully continues its historical journey

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, announced in a tweet on his Twitter account the date of the Hope Probe to reach its orbit around Mars, on February 9, 2021.

Mohammed bin Rashid announces the arrival of the Hope Probe to Mars orbit February 9, 2021

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said in his tweet: “After 111 days have passed since the launch of the mission of the Hope Probe towards Mars, which covered 290 million km, today, the Hope Probe performed the last modification of its course and today we announce the exact date of arrival of the Red Planet 9 – 2 – 2021, God willing, at exactly 7:42 pm .. It will be a feast for us and for the Arabs”.

Hope Probe historical journey

His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Chairman of the Executive Council and Chairman of the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center confirmed that the probe is successfully continuing its historic journey to the Red Planet, registering a new milestone in the UAE’s record of achievements extending from Earth to space.

He said that the mission of the Hope Probe, which will reach its orbit around the Red Planet on February 9, 2021, culminates in a journey that spanned fifty years of founding, building, empowerment and the accumulated achievements of the UAE since the declaration of the Union in 1971, and is also the beginning of another fifty years of qualitative achievements based on science and knowledge. The innovation in new areas in which we challenge the impossible, overcome it and turn it into opportunities. Our country does not know the impossible, and our leadership does not satisfy itself or its people except in the first place. ”

His Highness added: “The arrival of the Hope probe to Mars in conjunction with the state’s celebration of its golden jubilee is just the beginning of the next fifty years. There are ambitious projects in all fields after we have qualified national cadres able to achieve the vision and ambition of the leadership in the space sector that is expanding and growing in a sustainable way. And other promising sectors. ”

UAE project to explore Mars

His Highness pointed out that the UAE project to explore Mars, “Hope Probe” succeeded before the probe reached its orbit around the Red Planet in instilling a new culture in the hearts and minds of the sons and daughters of the nation that science is the future and that the ambition of our country has no limit after it penetrated space and we became the first country. Arab countries succeed in exploring planets, and our country has become a member of the Mars Explorers Club, which includes only 7 countries.

His Highness affirmed that the UAE’s arrival to Mars as the fourth country in the world achieves this historic achievement and places great responsibility on future generations to continue the march of progress.

His Highness appreciated the efforts of the team of the Emirates Mars Exploration Project, “Hope Probe” saying, “I thank you for your effort, perseverance, perseverance and dedication after you put the success of this project at the top of your priorities despite the exceptional circumstances that the world is going through, and you have accomplished this mission so far with success beyond expectations.” We will celebrate together – God willing – on February 9th, when the probe has reached its orbit.”

The Emirates Exploration of Hope project team

The team of the Emirates Exploration of Hope project “Hope Probe” today successfully completed the third manoeuvre to direct the “Hope Probe”, which took place from the ground control station at the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center.

This manoeuvre falls under a series of path-guiding manoeuvres, and it forms major and important stations in the probe’s journey to the Red Planet after it covered 60 per cent of the distance, equivalent to 290 million kilometres since its launch on July 20 until today, that is, within 111 days.

It has 189 million kilometres remaining until it reaches its scheduled orbit around Mars .. After the success of the manoeuvre, the “Hope Probe” has been determined to reach its orbit around Mars on February 9, 2021, at 7:42 pm UAE time.

Hope Probe successful

Since the successful launch of the Hope Probe from the Tanegashima Space Base in Japan on July 20, the work team continues to follow the probe carefully and spent more than 15,000 hours of work until today “November 8, 2020” and throughout this period of about 111 days since the launch, the team Control operations at the ground station by communicating with the probe two to three times a week in the normal operations phase of a trip to Mars, as each connection took from 6 to 8 hours, noting that the team has now returned to contact with the probe 24 hours a day in preparation for the operations to reach orbit, Mars.

Hope Probe’s historic mission

This stage is the third stage of the Hope Probe’s historic mission of six stages until it reaches its scientific orbit around the red planet.

The probe has already completed two different phases after the successful launch on July 20, namely the launch phases and early operations. The early operations phase is one of the most important stages of space missions, and it begins at the end of the launch phase, and lasts about 45 days, and has been successfully completed.

During the early operations phase, the Hope probe was subject to monitoring through continuous contact with the ground station 24 hours a day by the operations team to ensure that the spacecraft and all its components and systems worked optimally, the stage of the flight to Mars.

Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center in Dubai

The Hope Probe is currently going through the stage of the flight to Mars, where the operations team at the ground station at the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center in Dubai periodically monitors the state of the probe.

After the end of the flight to Mars, which the Hope Probe is currently going through, the stage of entering Mars’ orbit will start on December 29, as the work team at this stage will focus on equipping all the probe systems and conducting the last manoeuvres in preparation for entering the probe into the capture orbit around the Red Planet, Safely on February 9, 2021.

About half of the fuel tanks in the Hope Probe will be used to slow it down to the point where it can be fed into the capture orbit. The fuel burn will last for 30 minutes to reduce the probe’s speed from 121,000 km / h to 18,000 km / h.

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